On August 17th three people will be inducted into the Steele County Livestock Hall of Fame, forever being enshrined, and honored for their pursuits of education, and helping to promote livestock to both producers and consumers located throughout Steele County. Being honored and inducted into this year's Hall of Fame are Glen Johnson, Deb McDermott Johnson, and Richard Steinberg.

According to the Steele County Fair's Livestock Hall of Fame announcement some of the highlights that the Johnson's bring to the Livestock Hall of Fame are:

  • Founded “Cow Camp” for Steele County youth through the Community Education Program.
  • Member and supporter of Steele County American Dairy Association and the Steele County Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
  • Hosted June Dairy Month “Breakfast on the Farm” multiple times.
  • Deb served as Director of Community Education for Owatonna Public Schools.
  • Deb served as Secretary of Minnesota Brown Swiss Breeders Association and was instrumental in bringing the national convention to Steele County.
  • Bred an outstanding herd of Guernsey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss cows.
  • Exhibited 30-40 head of cattle from their herd at the Steele County Fair with “Cow Camp” students.

The third member of this year's Livestock Hall of Fame class is Richard Steinberg who one of the premiere rabbit breeders in Minnesota. Some of the accomplishments that Steinberg brings to this years Hall of Fame according to the Steele County Fair's press release are:

  • Founding member of the Owatonna Rabbit Club and has served as President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Show Superintendent.
  • Responsible for numerous state conventions and served as superintendent of the rabbit shows that were hosted in Owatonna.
  • Served as show superintendent of the National Silver Martin Club Show at the Steele County Free Fairgrounds.
  • Has judged countless shows including local, 12 states, Canada and 7 National American Rabbit Breeders Association conventions.
  • Currently a member and serving as President of Rochester Area Rabbit Club for the past 21 years.
  • Has been a Licensed Registrar since 1977 for the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
  • Recipient of the American Rabbit Breeders Association Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and was awarded a lifetime membership in 2017.

You can take in the induction ceremony yourself while at the Steele County Free Fair on Tuesday, August 17th at 2pm, in the show arena.

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